Canadian Society of Soil Science
THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
The last year of the millennium, what an interesting time! It is time for soil
scientists to get recognition. The first suggestion that I have to make is to
include 'Soil Scientist' after your name when you sign documents. We should
all be proud of the fact that we are soil scientists even though we have
diverse professions such as agronomists, foresters, chemists, geographers
and so on.
Let's make plans to meet in Winnipeg this summer, David Burton and his group
are planning a very interesting program.
There is a significant change in the way that Soil Science will be organized
world-wide. The International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) will replace the
International Society of Soil Science (ISSS). As it stands, soil scientists
from Canada will not be allowed to join the IUSS individually, but through
the Canadian Society of Soil Science (CSSS). Previously, soil scientists
were members of ISSS either through their memberships in CSSS, or through the
American Society of Agronomy. There will be a meeting in Bangkok, Thailand,
this Spring, to define the structures of the IUSS. You will find in the
newsletter the proposed structure. I invite you to communicate with me if
you have any opinions on the matter. I will compile and summarize all the
information that you send me with so that Christian de Kimpe can represent
our position at this meeting. We are fortunate that Christian de Kimpe was
involved in the primary work on these structures. You may find the proposed
structure in the Bulletin of the IUSS 96: (2) 5-11. It is important that you
convey to me your concerns before the middle of March (my deadline).
I had the opportunity to participate in a meeting of the liaison committee on
Earth Sciences of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of
Canada ( NSERC). This committee wishes to develop a vision for Earth Sciences
from the survey that some of you have filled this fall. This vision will have
a large impact on the re-allocation of funding by NSERC. So any input from
members about that matter will be more than welcome. I will try to keep you
informed as the process progresses. We should take an hour at the meeting in
Winnipeg to carry on the discussion on the Future of Soil Science in Canada.
I hope to see a lot of visionaries there, especially among the young
(<90) soil scientists.
Our Society Web Site will undergo changes in the future as it will
move from its location at the University of Manitoba to be redesigned
and managed by our Contractor, Granite Services, which will be in close
contact with our registrar Steve Sheppard. We should be grateful to David
Burton and the U. of M. for all the time devoted in operating and maintaining
our site up to now. This media for access to our Society is very important and
we should be up-to-date in the new millennium. I wish you all the success for
year 2000. Your contribution in developing the best management practices for
our most important resource is of the greatest importance.
MESSAGE DU PRÉSIDENT
La dernière année du millénaire,
quelle époque intéressante. C'est le temps pour les Chercheurs
en Sol d'être reconnus. La première suggestion qui me vient
à l'idée est d'inclure le qualificatif chercheur en sol
lorsque nous signons nos documents. Nous devrions être fiers du fait
que nous sommes chercheurs en sol même si traditionnellement nous
sommes agronomes, ingénieurs forestiers, chimistes, géographes, etc.
Nous devons planifier d'assister à notre rencontre annuelle de Winnipeg.
Le Dr. David Burton et son équipe sont à nous planifier une
rencontre des plus intéressantes.
Des changements importants se pointent quant à l'organisation de
la Science du Sol à l'échelle mondiale. Ainsi, l'Union
Internationale de la Science du Sol (UISS) remplacera bientôt
l'Association Internationale de la Science du Sol (AISS). Dans la structure
proposée, les chercheurs en sols canadiens ne seront plus aptes à
joindre l'AISS individuellement mais par leur adhésion à
la Société Canadienne de la Science du Sol. Précédemment,
les chercheurs en sol étaient membres de l'ISSS soit par
leur adhésion à la SCSS ou à la Société
Américaine d'Agronomie. Il y aura une rencontre à ce sujet ce
printemps à Bangkok en Thaïlande afin de définir les
structures de l'UISS. Vous pouvez retrouver cette structure dans la présente
lettre de nouvelle. Je vous invite donc à communiquer avec moi si vous
avez des opinions ou des interrogations/suggestions quant à la structure
proposée. J'assemblerai vos suggestions dans un document que je remettrai
au Dr. Christian De Kimpe qui assistera à cette rencontre. Nous sommes
privilégiés que le Dr. de Kimpe soit impliqué dans le
travail d'ébauche de ces structures. Vous pouvez également
retrouver la structure proposée dans le Bulletin de l'IUSS 96 :(2) 5-11.
Il important que vous me communiquiez vos préoccupations avant la
fin de Mars (ma date butoir).
J'ai eu « l'opportunité » de participer à une rencontre
du comité de liaison sur les Sciences de la Terre du Conseil de
Recherches en Sciences naturelles et Génie du Canada (CRSNG).
Ce comité a pour mandat de développer une vision des sciences
de la Terre à partir du questionnaire (sondage) que certains
d'entre-vous ont complété cet automne. Cette vision aura
un impact certain sur la ré-allocation des enveloppes subventionnelles
du CRSNG. Les commentaires des membres de la société à
ce sujet sont les bienvenus. J'essaierai de vous tenir au courant de la
progression du processus. Nous devrions prendre une heure à notre
rencontre à Winnipeg afin de poursuivre notre discussion sur le
futur de la Science du Sol au Canada. J'espère d'y rencontrer
beaucoup de visionnaires, tout spécialement parmi les jeunes
(> 90 ans) chercheurs en sol.
Le site WEB de notre Société subira des changements
importants dans le futur alors qu'il sera déplacé de son
site actuel à l'université du Manitoba pour être
re-dessiné et géré par notre mandataire, Granite Services.
Cette firme sera en contact étroit avec notre registraire, Steve Sheppard.
Nous devons être reconnaissants au Dr David Burton et à l'U. M.
pour tout le temps dévoué à opérer et maintenir
notre site jusqu'à maintenant. Cette porte d'accès à
notre Société est très importante et devrait être
à la fine pointe pour le nouveau millénaire. je vous souhaite
une année 2000 remplie de succès. Votre contribution à
développer des pratiques optimales de gestion est d'une importance
capitale à la préservation de cette ressource primordiale.
Would You Like to be Treasurer of CSSS?
The position of CSSS Treasurer will become available after the CSSS
Meeting in Winnipeg in July. The position is appointed not elected.
If any CSSS member is interested, or wishes to suggest a suitable candidate,
please send an e-mail to the CSSS President, Régis Simard.
Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
Tel: (418) 657-7985; Fax: (418) 648-2402
University of Saskatchewan
Tel: (306) 966-5754; Fax: (306) 966-5756
| Past President
University of Saskatchewan
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Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
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Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
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| Eastern Councillor
Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
Tel: (902) 566-6869; Fax: (902) 566-6821
| Western Councillor
Canadian Forest Service
Tel: (780) 435-7336; Fax: (780) 435-7359
| Student Representative
University of Alberta
Tel: (780) 492-4143; Fax: (780) 492-1767
CSSS - Online
CSSS Business Office
Tel (204) 753-2747
FAX (204) 753-2170
There are three types of CSSS Awards as described below. Nominations must
be received by the Chair of the Awards Committee, Gary Kachanoski, by
March 15, 2000.
CSSS Travel Awards
- CSSS Fellowship
A Fellow must be a member of 10 years standing with a distinguished record
of service in Soil Science. Fully documented nominations are required
signed by three sponsors.
- CSSS Honorary Membership
Awarded to non-members who have rendered valuable or special service to
Soil Science. Documented nominations are required
- CSSS Soil Science in Society Recognition
Awarded to members and non-members who have made a significant contribution
towards public awareness of the importance of Soil Science. Fully documented
nominations are required.
Five categories of CSSS awards are available as described below. The number
of awards supported depends on available funds. Applications must be received
by the Chair of the Awards Committee, Gary Kachanoski, by March 15, 2000.
- Student Travel to CSSS Annual Meeting
Available to any graduate student studying in Canada. The student must be
prepared to present a paper/poster. Nominations should be sent by student’s
Supervisor or Department Chair.
- CSSS Conference Travel
To allow members to participate in conferences, symposia, and workshops
within North America. Evidence of invitation and degree of participation
are required. A maximum of $500 per award.
- CSSS Overseas Travel
To assist members with travel outside North America. A maximum of $1000 per award.
- Visiting Scientist Travel
To assist members to provide travel assistance for a sponsored,
internationally recognized, non-Canadian soil scientist to visit Canada.
A maximum of $2000 per award.
- Short-term Professional Development for International Soil Scientists
As part of CSSS international activities (e.g., A.I.C. twinning project), to
assist a sponsored soil scientist from a developing country to travel to and
within Canada to participate in conferences and/or visit research laboratories
and research sites. A maximum of $1500 per award.
New Endeavour for Soil Science Students
Alain Plante our first elected CSSS Student Representative along with Heather
Lowen (Top-FOP, U of Alberta), and with the aid of various FOP alumni records
provide information about FOP.
Established in the former soils department at the University of Alberta,
the ‘Friends of the Pedon’ or F.O.P. represents the ad-hoc graduate student
social committee. Our figurehead is Vasilii Dokuchayev, who is attributed
to be the father of Pedology and Soil Science. When asked by his graduate
supervisor “Tell me, young man, what are you occupied with primarily?”
He answered “playing cards and drinking.” To this the supervisor
remarked: “Great, continue and do not spoil life with dry [soil] science!”
F.O.P. operates within a simple dogma. Its underlying philosophy is that
no problem, however complicated, when looked at in the right way cannot
become still more complicated. The sublime goal of this society is to
fully apply this principle to the study of soil systems. Anyone is
eligible for membership, unless they refuse; fees are zero and decrease
at the rate of inflation; and our official organ is the ‘Journal of Little
Known or Cared About Facts’, however its publication is far too unreliable.
The singular responsibility of F.O.P. is to ensure that students of soil
science maintain some sanity during their studies. To achieve this, a
calendar of events has developed over the years and includes some perennial
activities such as follows: periodic meetings at the local establishments,
Dokuchayev Day (mid-Oct) a beer and chilli cook-off mixer early in the
school year to get people to meet and mingle (‘Elections’ of the new
executive are also held at this time), Christmas potluck with a visit
from Santa, and Valentine’s Bowling - what better way to woo the opposite
sex than with rented bowling shoes. In addition, F.O.P. organizes several
intramural teams in both winter and summer, such the Dirtbaggers softball team.
The F.O.P. executive consists of a committee of 4 people: Top-FOP,
no explanation necessary; Vice-FOP, the member in charges of vices;
Jock-FOP, the member in charge of co-ordinating sporting activities;
and Super-FOP, member at-large.
Students of soil science across Canada have been swept under various
rugs (e.g. Renewable Resources, Land Resource Science, etc.) and it
has become increasingly difficult to unite them under a single banner.
Well, we propose that F.O.P be that banner and we would like F.O.P. to
become a national phenomenon! The proposal is that a chapter of F.O.P. be
established at each university or college across Canada that has a
department or unit with some emphasis in soil science. This network of
chapters would be supported by a website with news and events, photo albums,
and an open discussion forum. Hence the call is out to all students
(or perma-students) of soil science or related disciplines to unite and
form their local chapter of the Friends of the Pedon!
Look for more F.O.P. information and F.O.P. events at the upcoming AIC
meetings in Winnipeg, and join us!
More about the International Union Soil Sciences
The ISSS recently became the IUSS. The following are some ideas about
re-structuring the IUSS as seen through the eyes of three members of the
Executive Council. If you wish to express your opinion or get more
information please contact CSSS members Christian DeKimpe
(Chair of Commission VIII) or Ahmet Mermut (Chair of Commission V).
More information is given in the IUSS Bulletin 1999/2 (No 96): 5-11.
Send any comments to the CSSS President, Régis Simard
The Executive Council of IUSS met in October to discuss the new structure
for the Union. As you are aware, since the ISSS joined ICSU, it was also
felt that the existing structure, which developed over the last 75 years,
did not serve appropriately the present needs of soil science in today’s context.
Several proposals were considered. Two of them resulted from previous
discussions, whereas the other ones were some variations of the former
ones. As a matter of fact, most of those structures would have lead to
the status quo. The only difference was that the present Commissions
would have become the new Divisions. None of these structures, if adopted,
would have served the IUSS in meeting the need of becoming more visible,
and to facilitate the interaction among soil scientists and between soil
scientists and the rest of the scientific community or the public.
Three members of the Executive Council (C. De Kimpe, Canada, J. Kimble,
USA, and S. Nortcliffe, UK) sat together and delineated a schematic
structure that would address the following questions:
A scheme of the new structure is as follows:
- Where are soils?
- What are soils?
- Why are they used?
- How to incorporate soil science in present and emerging issues?
Division 1 looks at soil geography, distribution, and general soil characteristics.
Division 2 investigates the basic soil properties: constituents, physical,
chemical and biological properties, and how the interaction of these are
found in the soil profile
Division 3 looks at several uses of the soil for agricultural production
and other applications
Division 4 is concerned with the soil science input in national and
international agreements, and in policy matters.
This proposal was examined by the Executive Council who saw merit to the
proposal. It clearly showed the scientific aspect of our disciplines,
favored interaction within and among the Divisions, and it is also easy
to explain to a non soil-science oriented audience. Obviously, there will
be a need for refinement in terms of names, number of Commissions,...
This will be done to a large extent during the Council meeting in April 2000,
in order to get prepared for implementation during the next World Congress of
Soil Science in 2002.
This structure will be presented to all members in a forthcoming issue of
the IUSS Bulletin. At this time, it is necessary to provide comments and
indicate support for the structure so that it can be endorsed.
Ahmet Mermut retires as Editor of the Canadian Journal of Soil Science
Ahmet Mermut was editor of Canadian Journal of Soil Science between 1996 and
1999. Dr Mermut was very enthusiastic in opening the Journal to Scientists
outside of the country. He has been a great promoter of Canadian Soil Science
in Canada and abroad.
The Journal has grown in last three years both in numbers of articles and in
quality. For example, the SI impact factor is now at 0.85 which is by far
the best of all AIC journals. We should be very grateful to Dr. Mermut
about the present status of the Journal. He was very instrumental in
publishing peer-reviewed papers from symposia held in Canada. This
would have not been possible without the close cooperation from an
outstanding group of associate/assistant editors. I will have the
honour of replacing Dr. Mermut as editor of our journal for the next
three years. This will not be an easy task since the heritage left by
Dr. Mermut as editor is very impressive. I strongly rely on you to maintain
these high quality standards and, if possible, to further enhance the
readership of our Journal. I invite you to communicate with me about any
subject that you find meaningful about the Journal. We should always be
aware of opinions or comments that may improve its contents.
Régis R. Simard
Andrés Aguilar Santelises
I was saddened to learn from the recent issue of the IUSS Bulletin that
Dr. Andrés Aguilar Santelises passed away on November 5, 1999.
I had known him since 1990 when we met at the Congress in Kyoto.
Although I did not attend the Congress in Mexico in 1994, I understand
that Dr. Santelises and his committee did a great job in hosting that
international meeting. I participated in the First National Symposium on
Plant Nutrition in Queretaro in September 1998. Andres was very kind to me.
One day he took me to historic Puebla. I have lost a friend and the world
has lost a great soil scientist.
Yash P. Kalra
The next CSSS meeting will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the Winnipeg
Convention Centre on July 15-19, 2000 in combination with AIC, Agri-Food 2000.
The CSSS is not involved with the Abstract submissions.
All information is on the Agri-Food 2000 Website:
To Submit an Abstract
- Go to Agri-Food 2000 Website
- Complete the abstract form and submit (deadline is March 15th)
- Student members of CSSS competing for the Bentley Award (best oral
presentation) or the President’s Award (best poster) please note the following:
- Indicate on the abstract form (where indicated) that you want to be
considered for the Society’s Graduate Student Competition.
- Send an e-mail to the Awards Chair: Gary Kachanoski ( indicating that
you are competing for an award.
Looking for a Job in Soil Science?
- The Renewable Resources Department, University of Alberta has a
tenure-track position as Associate - Full Professor - Chair in
Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture which is available July 1, 2000.
For more information contact James Beck, Dep. Renewable Resources. More
- More career opportunities can be obtained at the following:
Earthworks ( and AgriCareers
- Opportunities from Agricultural Institute of Canada (AIC)
(see web site at 1. International work experience for young agrologists;
2.Canadian scholars, researchers and specialists; 3. New information and
communication technologies. For more information, contact AIC International
Program Coordinator Tom Beach at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the IICA web site at
CSSS - Online
See the CSSS web site homepage, for Newsletter, next Annual Meeting,
Business Office, Events Page, CSSS ‘99 - Program, Titles and Abstracts,
and much more.
Call for Nominations
Nominations are requested for President-Elect, and Western Councillor.
President-Elect (nominations confined to CSSS members in eastern Canada)
Western Councillor (2-yr term, nominations confined to CSSS members
in western Canada)
As usual, all CSSS members are eligible to vote for all three positions.
Nominations must have the consent of the nominee and be signed by
three CSSS members. Send nominations to the CSSS Secretary by April 30,
2000 along with a brief (250 word maximum; via email or diskette)
statement prepared by the nominee, containing biographical information
and reasons for his/her interest in the position.
Bentley Award Winners at Charlottetown '99
Congratulations to Andrew Hammermeister (right, 1st prize)
Mejda Benali (left, 2nd prize) and Alexander Jokic (centre, 3rd prize).
CSSS - Business Office
The CSSS Business Office: membership concerns, updated CSSS membership list,
CJSS journal subscriptions, society publications. Contact Steve Sheppard,
CSSS, P.O. Box 637, Pinawa, Manitoba, R0E 1L0, Canada; Telephone:
(204) 753-2747; Fax: (204) 753-2170; Email:
The Calendar - Forthcoming Meetings
March 26-30, 2000, International Conference on Soil Dynamics, Adelaide, SA,
April 7-8, 2000, Soil, Environment and Human Health, Birmingham, UK. E:
May 23-27, 2000, Symposium on Soil Mineral-Organic Matter-Microorganisms
Interactions and Ecosystem Health, Naples, Italy. Prof. Antonio Violante,
T: 39 081 7885317; F: 39 081 7755130; E:
June 14-16, 2000, Management Information Systems: GIS and Remote Sensing,
June 18-22, 2000, EcoSummit 2000, Understanding and solving environmental
problems in the 21st century, Halifax, NS, Canada. July 2-7, 2000, 15th
International Soil Tillage Research Organization (ISTRO) Conference, Fort
Worth, Texas, U.S.A. Dr John Morrison, T: 1 254 770 6507; F: 1 254 770 6561; E:
July 10-14, 2000, Symposium on the Role of Erosion and Sediment in Nutrient
and Contaminant Transfer, International Association of Hydrological Sciences,
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada .
July 12-18, 2000, 1st International Conference on Soils of Urban, Industrial,
Traffic and Mining Areas, Essen, Germany.
July 15-19, 2000, Canadian Society of Soil Science, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
July 16-22, 2000, 6th International Congress on Applied Mineralogy, Göttingen
and Hannover, Germany.
July 24-28, 2000, 10th International Meeting of the International Humic
Substances Society, Toulouse, France. E: Progep@ensigct.fr.
August 6-17, 2000, International Geological Congress, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
August 13-18, 2000, 4th International Symposium, Mineral Nutrition of Deciduous
Fruit Crops, Penticton, BC, Canada. T: 250 494 7711; F: 250 494 0755;
E: Dr. Gerry Neilsen.
September 10-16, 2000, International Soil Forum 2000, Hannover, Germany.
September 17-20, 2000, International Conference on Global Land
Reclamation/Remediation 2000 and Beyond, Edmonton, AB, Canada. E:
September 24-26, 2000, 1st Canadian National Residuals and Biosolids Management
Conference: Biosolids 2000, Southern Ontario or Ottawa, ON, Canada. E:
October 16-18, 2000, 2nd International Issues in Environmental Pollution
Symposium, Lisbon, Portugal.
October 18-20, 2000, International Symposium of Microbiology of Composting,
Innsbruck, Austria. Prof. Heribert Insam, T: 43 512 507 6009;
F: 43 512 507 2928; E:
October 22-27, 2000, 11th International Soil Conservation Organization
Conference (ISCO 2000), Buenos Aries, Argentina.
October 30 - November 1, 2000, 14th Québec Soil Science Specialist
Association meeting (L’Association Québécoise de Spécialistes en Sciences du Sol),
University Laval’s Forêt Montmorency, Québec, Canada.
November 30 - December 1, 2000, International Conference on the Remediation
and Management of Degraded Lands, Perth, Western Australia, Australia. E:
December 3-8, 2000, NZSSS/ASSS Soil 2000 Conference, Lincoln, New Zealand.
July or August, 2001, Canadian Society of Soil Science, Guelph, Ontario. E:
August 3-9, 2001, 12th World Fertilizer Congress, Beijing, China.
T: 86 24 2391 6261; F: 86 24 2384 3313; E: ;
August 14-20, 2002, 17th World Congress of Soil Science, Bangkok, Thailand.
T: 662 940 5787; F: 662 940 5788; E; ;
The CSSS Newsletter is published three (Winter, Spring, and Summer)
times per year. Contributions from members are welcome. Please send
contributions by email (email@example.com) to the Eastern Councillor.
CSSS President Regis Simard, at Charlottetown '99
with President Award winner Noura Zaidi (right), and Bentley
Award winner Mejda Benali (left).
New Forest Soils Award established at the University of New Brunswick
(from left to right David Maclean, Dean, Forestry and Environmental Science
receives cheque from CSSS members Taumey Mahendrappa and Sherif Fahmy).
Canadian Society of Soil Science
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